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What would have made Forever Black better?
This story had potential. The first 1/3 of the book would have been okay if the grammar and sentence structure issues weren't so distracting. Once the couple finally decided they loved each other, it just got ridiculous. They loved each other! They had a fight and broke up over something stupid! Wait, now they're back together! Whoops, another breakup! Someone was always storming out and swearing they were over. And don't even get me started on all the throwing of cell phones, vases, glasses -- the heroine was always shattering something and having to pick up the pieces, at which point the hero would swoop in out of nowhere (even if he had previously stormed out and slammed the door) and tell her not to pick that up because she was going to cut herself. After the breakups, they suddenly got back together without even discussing what caused the breakup to begin with.SPOILER ALERT:The cancer thing could have been a really interesting/challenging conflict in the book, but instead it's completely unrealistic. It was 3/4 of the way through the book that they finally mentioned what kind of cancer she had (seriously, who confides in their best friends that they have "cancer" without specifying? Is it breast cancer? Lymphoma? A brain tumor?), and once it was revealed, she was suddenly in a magical clinical trial with few side effects, and then she was cured.
Has Forever Black turned you off from other books in this genre?
No. But it's turned me off from other books by this author.
What three words best describe Felicity Munroe and David Benjamin Bliss ’s voice?
I can't do it in three words :) Felicity Munroe was fine on the women's voices. She's very perky sounding, which would annoy me on most books, but I thought it worked for this heroine and her best friend. I thought she made Connor sound a little robotic, especially during the love scenes, which I assume were supposed to be steamy but somehow weren't. David Benjamin Bliss only read one, very short chapter, which seemed kind of thrown in for no apparent reason. He did an okay job reading it, but the chapter itself didn't seem to advance the story at all.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Forever Black?
If I could play editor, the first thing I'd do would be to correct all of the atrocious grammar and sentence structure issues. I haven't read the book in print, thank goodness, but based on the Amazon reviews, the spelling and punctuation errors are just as bad as the grammar. Descriptions are simplistic and repetitive (drinking game: take a swig every time someone "lightly laughs" or "heavily sighs" -- you'll be drunk by the second chapter), and the author switches back and forth from past to present tense at random, often in the middle of a sentence. There are also word choices that just don't make sense. How do you touch someone "fluently"?After a thorough copy edit, I'd probably cut the random Connor chapter because it did nothing to advance the plot or even give any insight into Connor's character.
Any additional comments?
I could have ignored some of the weaknesses in the story, but when you can actually HEAR how badly a story is edited, that's a deal breaker for me.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The story was weird. The main character "El" plays games and somehow Connor manages to fall in love despite their instant arguing and fighting. A stronger more believable storyline where the female character has some sense and the make character responds like a real man would respond not something this unbelievable.
What was most disappointing about Sandi Lynn’s story?
The female character was weak and needy.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Felicity Munroe and David Benjamin Bliss ?
Was Forever Black worth the listening time?
Not unless you have nothing else to do
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Would you listen to Forever Black again? Why?
Probably not. You do get involved in the characters lives and battles. A little slow in places, but generally a good read.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Forever Black?
I liked the part where they met and I did like the ending, but I can't give anything away.
What about Felicity Munroe and David Benjamin Bliss ’s performance did you like?
I liked Felicity, she read it well and had a nice rhythm. I did find David's voice a little annoying.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Although it is an enjoyable story line I felt it followed the path of Fifty Shades of Grey without too much graphical additions, characters in some parts speak exact lines from the trilogy. that lets the author down. its not an original if its along the lines of another book.
Would you recommend Forever Black to your friends? Why or why not?
I would recommend the book to anyone who wants a pleasant short story, but would need to tell them its very much a water down version of the fifty shades.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
the narrator was actually very annoying. I think they needed to try to put the characters on better female reader that cant mimics a male line or vice versa should be able to change the tone and pitch of their voice, Sadly this was lacking in this story
Do you think Forever Black needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Well I know it has a follow up book I have listened to it
Any additional comments?
Put me off a bit when I heard the mimic of The Fifty shades word for word and action for action. This lets the author down very badly Narrator could have been better, but still a pleasant read.
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